About Us

Our Mission

On a foundation of Christian faith, Martha O'Bryan Center empowers children, youth, and adults in poverty to transform their lives through work, education, employment and fellowship.

Our Core Values


We believe God has given purpose and abilities to every individual.
We believe there is strength in differences and beauty in all people.
We believe all are called to act on behalf of their neighbor.


We assume good will and positive intent.
We work to solution.
We believe that every person can be free from the impact of poverty.


We meet people where they are.
We foster life changing relationships.
We work together for social justice.

Who We Are

Martha O'Bryan Center is an anti-poverty non-profit organization with longstanding history and deep community roots, grounded in tradition and strengthened by innovation.  Founded by 1894 when Miss O'Bryan organized the Gleaners Society at First Presbyterian Church to support impoverished North Nashville residents, Martha O'Bryan Center has operated from the heart of Cayce Place - Nashville's most distressed community - since 1948.  this is where we continue in service, partnering with Cayce Place families to open doors of hope and possibility, create a culture of attainment, and possibility, create a culture of attainment, and positively shape future generations.